More injury problems for Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Phillies pitcher Miguel Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the Phillies' $12 million acquisition from Cuba, complained of a "dead arm" just three starts into his official rehab assignment at single-A Clearwater. That prompted the Phillies to fly him to Philadelphia for an examination.

The righthander, on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, will be seen by Phillies head physician Michael Ciccotti. Gonzalez, 27, allowed seven runs in 9 1/3 innings for Clearwater with nine walks and three strikeouts.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last summer that Gonzalez could slot into the Phillies rotation come 2014. Now, the team is just trying to keep him healthy in the minors.

"Hopefully," Amaro said, "it's nothing serious."

Gonzalez, who turns 28 in September, lasted two innings Sunday before being removed. Amaro said the team has altered his mechanics.

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